Neeruganti Venkatappa, now 70 years old, is one of an ancestral line of tank managers called Neeruganti, who preside over the ancient human-made lakes of Karnataka. This 400 year-old lake, Doddammanakere, is one of over 4,500 built during the Vijayanagara Empire (1336-1646), forming a cascading system with a recorded history of over a thousand years. Speaking from the knowledge preserved by centuries of Neeruganti, Venkatappa shares their history. … Continue readingIntroduction To Neeruganti And The Role They Play In The Community.
Deepak Naik has an unusual routine. He walks three kilometers to collect clay. The collected clay is then used to make a traditional percussion instrument called the maandar, which is played during Holi and other festivals. As he speaks to us, he drops weight on the clay to harden it … Continue readingThe Dying Sounds Of Rhythm
The trees of Saranda Forests in Jharkhand are no longer felled unsupervised. The people of the village judicially use the forest resources, such as firewood, fruits, and medicinal herbs. The forest is now protected from unprecedented exploitation … Continue readingHow Gram Sabha Are Putting Power Back In The Hands Of The Communities, One Issue At a Time
These lakes were built by the Palegara or the local chieftains of the empire. The extent of ruling of the chieftains expands all the way to Pathapalya, Gummanayakanahalli, Kalkooru, and Teluru … Continue readingLake Manager Story From Chikkaballapura
soil is a finite resource and the soil in one of the farms in Kookalthorai, Nilgiris has lost its nutrients, very close to being dead because of overuse of chemicals and monocropping. The farmers can harvest for just a few more years and they’ll soon run out of the soil. Some drastic measures need to be taken … Continue readingSoil Health And Chemical Farming
Prasad belongs to the Ezhava community, which is classified as OBC, a community, who were warriors during the time of the Zamorins and trained in martial arts (Kalaripayattu). Their roots are traced to Sri Lanka. They had a dual classification, the status of a warrior (Kshatriya) but the caste of a Shudra (Backward caste, untouchables). However, they have always worked as agricultural labourers. … Continue reading30 Inches From a Loan
Kantharaju: Farmers’ story is just this, if it rains we can harvest else there is nothing, we face
drought, the farmer has to do something to survive. We are not able to cover basic farming costs,
manure, labour, tractor hiring, the costs are too high. With all of this, the farmer can never prosper.
He has been fighting nonstop but has not found … Continue readingRaju And Kantharaju From Tannenahalli In Tumkur District Of Karnataka (Transcript)
“On a hot sunny day, when I was travelling for work across the paddy fields of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, which is famous for its lush green paddy fields. The sight of the vast expanses of the water filled paddy fields, stretched up to the horizon, iridescently glistening under the bright tropical
… Continue readingWading Over The Muddy Fields
These waters are sustaining the lives of over 80 million people and 600 major industries. Something needs to be done now to save this beautiful river that sustains us. We are killing ourselves and the river at the same time with our short-sighted policies and indiscriminate development.
The Persian wheel, a mechanical water-lifting device, usually operated by drought animals like bullocks, camels, or buffaloes. This wheel is used to lift water from open wells for easy access to water sources. The word Araghatta, a Sanskrit one, comes from the intermingling of two words “ara” which is smoke and … Continue readingTHE PERSIAN WHEEL